Kickstarter Shackleton clothing campaign: 27 days to raise £27,000!

Kickstarter Shackleton clothing campaign: 27 days to raise £27,000!

Exactly 100 years since Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition was battling its way through the pack ice on the edge of Antarctica, the small British brand named after the great explorer is fighting to raise the funds it needs for its latest project, with a Kickstarter campaign for its Shackleton clothing which needs to raise £27,000 in 27 days. The Shackleton made-in-Britain clothing brand, launched late last year by the same...

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Join us on the journey

Join us on the journey

Just under a year ago (mid October 2013), we successfully completed our Kickstarter campaign. The campaign raised over £48,000 through the generosity and imagination of more than 230 backers, thereby bringing The Shackleton banjo into being. Since then, as you can see in the video below, we have taken an enthusiastic role in the new British manufacturing movement. The video was shot at the recent Make It British: Meet The Manufacturer event...

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What would Shackleton do? New T-shirts.

What would Shackleton do? New T-shirts.

The great British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton saved his expedition’s banjo from his ship Endurance as she sank into Antarctic ice, saying: “We must have that banjo. It’s vital mental medicine.” He went on to bring all of his men home in an epic adventure of heroism and extraordinary leadership. In the hundred years since then Shackleton’s leadership, adaptability and strategic thinking have become legendary....

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Banjo of The East story goes viral!

Banjo of The East story goes viral!

I think we can say our spoof Banjo Of The East story has gone viral! It was only a little April Fool story, which we never expected to generate this level of interest, but now it’s reached The Guardian among other magazines and websites. In case you haven’t kept up with it all, here are all the versions of the story to date. All good fun! And the latest is that a festival is actually suggesting that we do build a giant banjo statue...

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First review says Shackleton trumps banjos three times its price!

First review says Shackleton trumps banjos three times its price!

We are thrilled and delighted that the first blogger review of The Shackleton says we’ve made something pretty special. Author and banjoist John Dow has fallen in love with The Shackleton banjo and in an extensive review on his blog he says: “Every aspect of the instrument reeks of quality and precision.” He adds conclusively: “It’s customary, at this point, for me to find a negative to balance my glowing review. Sorry...

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Taking a banjo to the end of the Earth is a test of Endurance

Taking a banjo to the end of the Earth is a test of Endurance

Here’s a recent bit of coverage of The Great British Banjo Company and how we’re building a very special banjo to go to the South Pole. Simon spoke to the Eastern Daily Press, the largest regional daily newspaper in the UK, about the E100 which will be travelling to the South Pole with the Imperial Trans Antarctic Centenary Expedition.   Read in full on the EDP...

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